Common Problems

Many of the most common dental problems are relatively easy to treat with basic dental care. Regular brushing and professional cleaning are important ways to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is 100% preventable, though it is a very common dental problem. Limiting sugar intake, especially avoiding soda, can help prevent the onset of tooth decay. Daily brushing and regularly scheduled cleanings are also important preventative measures.

Gum Disease

Also known as periodontitis, gum disease affects the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can be avoided by routine brushing and flossing.

Tooth Sensitivity

Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down. Gums may recede, or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth.

Tooth enamel wears down over time, and teeth can develop tiny cracks because of general wear and tear. When this happens, nerves inside teeth are susceptible to the extreme temperatures of hot and cold foods and beverages. To treat tooth sensitivity, a dentist may recommend fluoride treatments, desensitizing toothpaste, or another treatment to seal exposed root surfaces.

Misaligned Teeth

There are many methods used to correct the alignment of teeth and improve the appearance of a smile. Orthodontics are recommended for patients with a severe alignment issue, especially if the misalignment affects the patient's ability to bite and chew. Lumineers placed over the teeth can improve the appearance of teeth that are crooked or worn down.

Mouth Sores

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) can develop because of allergic reactions, vitamin deficiencies, bacteria build-up, and hormones. A dentist may recommend a mouth rinse or an oral medication to speed up the healing process and prevent future outbreaks.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Daily brushing and flossing help to prevent the build-up of food particles, plaque, and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem.

Remedies and Treatments for Common Problems

Regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use are the most important steps to preventing dental problems. During routine professional cleanings, a dentist can also check for any problems that may be developing. Schedule an appointment when you have a dental issue that needs to be addressed, and our staff can provide dental advice. Get answers to your questions by visiting our FAQs page. For patients experiencing severe toothaches and other dental emergencies, the team at Westfield Smiles can be available on short notice.